Podcast Episodes

#93 “Cornas” September 19, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on September 18, 2014

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Orville_bust

TODDCAST EPISODE 94: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY

Today is September 19th and on this day in 1995, we lost popcorn mogul Orville Redenbacher.  By the 1970’s Orville had captured over one third of the world popcorn market.  Though his company has been sold multiple times, the corn still bears his name.

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:  Cornas   (kor-NAH)

Cornas is a wine appellation in the Rhone region of France.  Here they produce big, bold Syrahs. Cornas does not cut back or blend the varietal like other regions. They can be dark red, almost black, with intense fruit and heavy with tannins.  Many of the Cornas wines need 5 to 10 years of aging before they are ready to drink.

Personally, I like to drink a Cornas wine in the fall around Thanksgiving. It just seem fitting to serve a Cornas next to a cornucopia.

For transcripts links and more Toddcasts go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd. If you have any words, historical facts, or tongue twisters like: Copious Coppola Sofias beats a cornucopia of cold Coronas in the back of a cornering Corolla, please send emails to, info@moonstonecellars.com

And until next time cheers to YOU.

 

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

Harvest has begun!

September is Wine Month!

Scarecrow Festival Kickoff  Oct. 2nd

Oct. 18th, it’s our 1st Annual Game Night!  

We’re big in Canada!

http://www.live365.com/

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

Now, that’s a bran muffin.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/wine-waste-used-to-fortify-baked-goods/

Grand Slam for the rich and famous.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-28/denny-s-goes-upscale-with-300-champagne-brunch-in-nyc.html

Snakes!  ‘Nuf said.

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/50500    

And don’t walk under the ladder.

http://www.winemag.com/Web-2014/The-10-Strangest-Harvest-Superstitions/index.php/cparticle/2  

Cheap labor is a way out.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/2773643-181/inmates-harvest-grapes-in-mendocino

 

HAMMERED HOROSCOPE

Virgo, you’re feeling sharp and your intuition is heightened now.  You might have recently developed a keener interest in history and historical figures.  So take some time to browse the bookstores to learn more.  There are great books about famous vineyards, notorious winemakers, and wine facts.  Indulge your passion and keep drinking…uh, I mean reading!

 

 

ALCOHOL TRIVIA

If you think it’s easy to open a restaurant, consider this:  In Philadelphia, a liquor license will set you back about $35,000.  Turns out that is a bargain compared to getting a liquor license in New Jersey.   In Evesham Township you’ll spend $475,000 and Mount Laurel tops out at $675,000.  You need to sell a lot of liquor to cover that expense!

 

ASK GRAPE STOMPER TODD

Do you have a Harvest superstition?

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd


 

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#93 “Rack” August 29, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on August 28, 2014

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Billiard_RackTODDCAST EPISODE 93: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

 

WINE WORD OF THE DAY

 

Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 29th.  And summer is pretty much over and we’re getting back on track podcast-wise if harvest doesn’t get in the way!

 

On this day in 1869, the Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire was officially opened.  This was the first rack railway in the United States.   A rack and pinion railway was designed for steep grade climbing by using a toothed rail and and a cog wheel driven by the locomotive.  It began carrying passengers in 1868, but finally reached the summit in 1869.  It is still in operation today.  

 

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:   Rack

 

Well I could go multiple ways here, Jill. We could talk about barrel racks, or racking wands, or the process of racking wine.

 

I think we can all guess what a barrel rack does, right? It holds the barrels in place and keeps them from rolling around. Barrel racks also allow us to stack the barrels on top of each other. We stack our barrels sometimes six barrels high. And after the recent earthquake in Napa, it gives me more than a little pause when I’m walking underneath them!

 

But another term in the cellar is “Racking”.  Think of racking as siphoning. Over time, particles or sediment falls to the bottom of the barrels. We call that sediment the “lees”. Well, we don’t want the mucky lees in your wine bottles so periodically we separate wine from the lees by siphoning the clean wine out of the barrels. The wine is sucked out of the barrel by siphoning, or with a pump, or the wine is “pushed” out of a barrel using pressurized gas. All of these techniques are referred to as racking.

 

The wine goes from the barrel to a stainless steel tank and then the sediment is washed out of the barrels.  The wine is then returned to the freshly cleaned barrels.  The whole process is known as “racking” or “rack and return”. The tool we put in the barrel to help us remove just the wine and not the lees is known as “racking cane” or a “racking wand”. I wish it was a magic wand to make the tedious process happen instantly!

 

To be honest, I don’t know where the term “rack” or “racking” comes from. I’m stilling wracking my brain to figure that one out!

 

For transcripts links and more toddcasts go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd. if you have any suggestions for more words, historical facts or tips on which wines you’d pair with a rack of ribs, please send your emails to info@moonstonecellars.com.

And until next time, cheers to you

 

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

Pinedorado Weekend!

Harvest has begun!

October 2nd, Kickoff to the Scarecrow Festival

October 18th, it’s our first annual Game Night!  

 

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

This is not good news.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-24/california-quake-crumples-buildings-as-scores-are-hurt.html


This means war.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/russia-s-presidential-staff-buys-a-million-bottles-of-european-wine/505007.html


Gone to seed.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/ancient-grape-seeds-unearthed-in-chianti/


I promise we’re not doing this.

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-alcohol-delivery-models-underwear-20140813-story.html


Good news for your tummy.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.academicwino.com/2014/08/red-wine-foodborne-norovirus.html/


Giving you the finger.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/nail-polish-to-detect-drugged-drinks/

 

HAMMERED HOROSCOPES

Virgo, it’s clean-up time.  Fortunately you are the most organized of the signs.  And your amazing energy makes projects a breeze.  So tackle that wine cellar and get those bottles in order of date, and then crack open an older vintage while you work. The time will fly by.

 

ALCOHOL TRIVIA

Oh, the French.  There is one famous vineyard in France, which will remain unnamed, that considers its soil so precious that workers are required to scrape it from their shoes before they leave for the day.

 

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd


 

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#92 “Crossing” August 8, 2014

August 8, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 92: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 8th and on this day in 1963, the British woke up to disturbing news.  A large gang of thieves ambushed a Royal Mail train heading to London and made off with over 2.5 million pounds. […]

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#91 “Saignee” August 2, 2014

August 2, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 91: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings from the east Moonstoners, today is August 1st, and we have been AWOL for a few weeks.  But we return in time for a bloody day in history.  It seems August 1st has been a pretty deadly day in […]

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#90 “Heavy” July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 90: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY (Opener)  Jill, I drove all day today and I’m feeling a little punchy   Greetings from the road Moonstoners, today is July 11th  and we say happy birthday to Leon Spinks.  Neon Leon, as he was called, became the Heavyweight […]

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#89 “Bonds” July 4, 2014

July 3, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 89: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY  Greetings revelers, it’s the 4th of July,but before the fireworks go off, let’s say happy birthday to  one of the most infamous bond traders in history, Michael Milken. Known as the King of the junk bonds, Milken spent 22 months […]

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#88 “Settling” June 13, 2014

June 12, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 88: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is Friday the 13th.  And on this day in 2005, just down the road from us in Santa Maria, a jury acquitted Michael Jackson of all charges in a scandalous case where Michael was accused of […]

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#87 “Press” June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 87: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is June 6th and we’re finally back!     But first, on this day in 2006, we lost legendary musician Billy Preston.  Preston was a child prodigy. By the tender age of 10, he was  playing gospel […]

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#86 “DNA” April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 86: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is April 25.  And I bet you didn’t know that today is DNA Day! DNA Day is a holiday celebrated on April 25. It commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind […]

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#85 “Persistence” April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 85: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY    Greetings Moonstoners, today is April 18th.  And on this day in 1981, two Triple A teams in Rhode Island would begin what was to become the longest professional baseball game ever played.  The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester […]

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